Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cool Space Robot | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cool Space Robot

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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4 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for Project

    • 2. Step 1: Practice Drawing Lines and Shapes

    • 3. Step 2: Draw Robot and Background

    • 4. Step 3: Paint Robot and Backround

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About This Class

Are you looking for a watercolor painting project for your child?

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

The Cool Space Robot Watercolor Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 6+.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Practice Drawing Lines and Shapes
  • Step 2: Drawing the Robot and Background
  • Step 3:¬†Painting the Robot and Background

The teaching process used for the drawing portion of the project is a kid-tested, step-by-step method that will both inspire and delight your child into drawing action! This process involves organizing shapes and lines together until a recognizable outcome is achieved.

After students complete the drawing portion of their project, they will move onto painting the project. Students will learn basic watercolor techniques and apply these techniques to complete their project. This project is designed to give young children the tools they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

Supplies and materials needed for this project:

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Em Winn

Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist


Hi. My name is Em Winn and teaching art to children is what I love to do! I pride myself on creating dynamic, meaningful, and engaging art lessons that are taught in a relaxing and joyful way. I have over 20 years teaching experience in the elementary classroom and in the art studio, and I feel that I have a good grasp on how to create a learning environment that makes children feel happy, motivated, confident, and successful. Let the creative fun begin!

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1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for Project: Hey, friends, how are you today? I hope you're having a great day. I know that I am, and I am again excited about teaching you this new lesson. This is a robot, and he's cool. He's useful. He could do a lot of great stuff for us, and you get to design him the way that you want Teoh. So I wanted to go over the supplies and that materials that you will need for this lesson. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of paper. This is watercolor paper that I have here. It's a bigger paper that holds water well, so you'll need a thick piece of paper. It does not have to be watercolor paper, but that does work the best. You'll also need a mat for underneath your watercolor paper, and that will help you with messes. It'll keep your table or your workspace clean. The next thing you will need is watercolor paints. I have some paints right here. I like this set because it has a lot of different colors in it, and what you'll want to do to prepare your paints is you'll want to take one drop of water and put it in each pan of paint. So that kind of gets your watercolors ready for when you are going to paint and that that's a really good tip that when I was young, my art teacher gave me that tip, and I still who's it to this day because it's such a good test. Okay, the next thing that you will need is a bowl or a cup of very clean water, and I would say one or two paintbrushes now for this particular project. You see, there's a lot of detail. Sometimes I like to use a smaller brush for this, but sometimes I'll go ahead and use a medium sized brush so it's up to you and what you like when I do this project. I'm not super careful about trying to paint inside the lines, especially when we get to the background. It all depends on what you like in what you have available to you. You'll also need a handy dandy pencil with an eraser, just in case you want to do some practicing of your shapes on a practice piece of paper. You will also need Ah marker in the marker is used to draw out your background and your robot, and then we're going to painted it. Now, this needs to be ah, permanent marker. A permanent marker means that when you put water on it, it doesn't spread and run around. Okay, You also need Ah, handy dandy paper towel for Colleen up and one or two pieces of scratch paper. What that means is we're going to be practicing some shapes on, um ah, video before we actually start the lesson. And I want to give you some ideas of some shapes that you can make for your robot. And so just to piece of paper or two. And it doesn't even have to be clean or brand new paper. It could be just something that you re cycle. So that will just give you some ideas. Yeah. So I am excited about this lesson, and I hope you are as well, and I'll see you in a mini 2. Step 1: Practice Drawing Lines and Shapes: Hey, friends. So this is what we're going to do. First, we are going to prepare ourselves to draw our robot. So what we need to do is we need to come up with some ideas, some ideas for some shapes. So I'd like to give you some ideas and I'd like you to participate. And I'd like you to draw these ideas down so that when you are creating your robot, you have ideas to draw from. All right, So what I'd like you to dio is grab a piece of paper. Any paper will do. Even if its a paper napkin, that's fine. And also a drawing utensil that could be a marker pencil up in anything that you have around, and we're going to draw some shapes. So the first thing that I'd like you to draw is a circle. Circles are not always that easy to draw. I've had a lot of practice drawing circles, but it just takes time in practice. And the more you do it, the better you will get inside that circle. I'd like you to draw another circle so you might want to put a circle on your robot. Another shape that you can draw is a shape that looks like this. It's an upside down. U closed at the bottom and you could double that up as well. We can turn this into anything on our robot. I think I am going to put some dots around the inner edge. Put a big dot in the middle of the bottom and turn it into a dial. Another type of a shape that you can make is a square with another square on the inside. Those look good on robots. You could make a rectangle close that up and the double it up on the inside. You can even turn this into a clock. So you put a dot right in the middle line up line over with arrows. At the end you can do is dear Siris of dots. You can do a series of dots somewhere on your robot that would look cool. You could also draw rectangles and put them together. I think this is one that we will use today on a robot. Oh, I know it got one. How about a heart? You might want to put a heart somewhere. And then on the inside of that we can put another heart. You might want to put a heart somewhere on your robot. Another thing that you might want to think about doing is making a shape and then cutting it into smaller sections like this. That might look good on a robot as well. How about this one? A circle with the dot in the side in the middle. How about this one? A circle with the dot in the middle and then lines coming out from the dot. You can also make lines so you could make straight lines. You could make wavy lines. You can make swirly lines. You can make solid lines next to broken up lines. Those were some lines, some examples of some lines that you could make. You know what shape that I forgot to put up here. How about a triangle? Triangles, air, really important shapes. We go. Alrighty. So this is an example of a bunch of different shapes that you can use for your robot. So if you have your paper in front of you while you are creating your robot, it will give you several ideas as to what you might want to put on your robot. So let's get started 3. Step 2: Draw Robot and Background: already friends. So what we're going to do now is we're going to create our robot, so robots are just a Siris of shapes that are put together until you recognize something. And in this case, we're going to recognize that these shapes that are put together are going to be turning into a robot. So you can either watch me or follow along with me. It's up to you. I'm just going to start putting shapes together. And what we will have at the end is a robot. So I'm going to get my marker out and I'm going to start. So the first thing that I'm going to dio is I'm going to go about to the middle of my paper a little bit to the left, and I'm going to make what I call is a soft square and what a soft square is. It's a square, but it has soft corners. It doesn't have riel severe angles. So I make my soft square coming out of the top. I make two lines, and then at the top of those two lines, I'm going to make a circle. This is going to be my robot's face. Okay? and I'm going to wait on that, going to wait to fill that in until I'm finished with the rest of his body. Now, coming down here, I'm going to create my robot's body. So I need to connect this shape to the shape that I'm about to make. And I'm going to do that with, uh, maybe too long rectangles, and then I'm going to create the body, and this is going to be another soft square, and then I'm going to make some legs. So I'm going to have my legs come down here, and they're going to be pretty law. And they're going to be a Siris of rectangles that are long and skinny. And what I'm going to do is I'm just going to hook them together now. Are they going to be perfectly lined up? No, they're not. I actually don't want them to be perfectly lined up. I want some of them to be longer and some of them to be shorter, some of them to be thinner and some of them to be thicker. So I'm just going to keep going until I feel like I am happy with his legs. I think I'm going to stop there and I'm going to start on this other leg, so I just keep going, and then you feel free. If you are making this type of a leg to make them as long as you like, I think I'm going to make, um even which means they're about the same length. This is the same length as this one. Okay, this might be a little bit shorter. That's OK at the bottom. I'm going to make his feet or his shoes, and those are going to be rectangles. All right, I'm happy with this section down here. I feel like this section in this section need a little bit of detail. So I'm going to come back up here and I'm going to look at him and I see that he needs and arms. So I'm going to put some shapes here, one on each side, and those are going to be rectangles and then a smaller rectangle. And then I'm going to make some curry lines. So it's coming out where the rectangle ends, curving link comes up and they follow one another. Do you see how I did that? All right, Now I'd like to make them some hand. Some, maybe some pincher hands that you can hold stuff. So I clothes the's up and I make maybe like a square. She you on each side and then I make small lines. And then I closed those up with another You a square issue. See how I did that? Keep in mind if I get going a little bit too fast for you, just pause that pause button, and then you could start back up when you catch up, all right? I love how this looks. Now, this is where you can get to get to be creative. I'm going to put some things on the inside of my face and the inside of my body. But you could remember you can use this idea sheet that we filled out in the previous lesson. If you did not do this, you might want to go back and do this because it will give you some really good ideas. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to just start by making Hiss face, and I think that I I like to make some circle eyes and they're going to be a little bit low . Maybe another circle on the inside and then a dot and then underneath I'm going to make some a little hearts and then a mouth, and this is going to be a rectangle. And on the inside, I'm going to put some little lines, and I don't think I'm going to make a nose for this guy. All right, So for his body, I'd like to make some different Dial's and some different buttons. So I think right here I'm going to make an upside down U and then close that up and then make another upside down you on the inside and then put a dot and then put a line with an arrow. I think I might want to put some little dots around like this, and then here. I think I'll put a heart because that's where his heart iss and we'll put a box around it. Do you have to do exactly the same thing that I'm doing? Absolutely not. I'm just giving you some ideas. I think here I'm going to put rectangle with another rectangle and then some lines on the inside, and then here I think I'm going to put some buttons, three buttons here and three buttons here and then inside. I'm going to put a smaller button. Wow, I love that he looks really cute. There's only one thing missing his ears we need here so that we can hear. So we have one longish, skinny ish rectangle and then a smaller one right on the outside. There we go. That's better. Now, if you can think of anything else you'd like to put on your robot, now is the time to do it. Or a background. You could do any background that you'd like to dio. You could make him out in space. You could make him in the grocery store. You could make him anywhere that you like. I'm going to show you a simple background that you can dio that kind of look spacey kind of like, Looks like he's coming through space. And what I do is I put my finger in the middle of his body in the middle of the paper and I pretend like I'm coming out and I go like this. I pretend like I'm coming out with a line and then I start trying and then I do it again. and then I do it again. And I'm going to do this all the way around his body. But I want to make sure that I don't actually draw on his body. Okay, so there, there. Ah, there. There's it really helps me If I could make sure I have a starting place here and then up this, uh, You know, like I said, you don't have to do this, but I like the way that it looks. Kind of looks like he's coming out. I think on the inside, I'm going to put some little lines. Remember, you conduct a rate this anyway, that you'd like if you like little circles coming out or if you'd like little hearts coming out, it is totally up to you. Make this your own. All right. I hope you like this. What we're going to do in the next video is we're going to come back and we're going to start painting. All right. Sienna Mini 4. Step 3: Paint Robot and Backround: Alrighty, friends. So now we're going to start painting. And this is what I would suggest. I would suggest you decide before you start painting the colors of your background and the colors off your robot. So I think I'm going to make my robot the warm colors. And I'm going to make my background the cool colors. So the warm colors are red, orange, yellow. So that's what I'm going to use for my robot and maybe some pink. And then for my background, I'm going to use purple, blue and green. That way, my robot can stand out a little bit more. That's what I'm going to choose to dio and you get to choose what you'd like to dio. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to speed up this video so you can either watch me or you can get started on your own robot. So here I go. - Alrighty , friends. So I'm finished now, and I really like the way that my robot looks very cool and exactly what I was looking for . I wanted to point out a couple of things. So right here, if you can look at this, the water starts running in to each other, the color start doing their thing. That's what caught watercolors dio. They bleed, they run and they just create their own designs. And that's why I love watercolor painting so much because you don't really have that much control over what the water color paint is going to dio. So right here and right here. I wasn't super careful about painting inside the lines because that's how I like my artwork to be. Now you might be a little bit different, and you like you might want to try to stay in the lines more. It's totally up to you, but I think it looks really cool and fantastic if you can let the water kind of run around a little bit the water color paint. So I hope you like this lesson and I will see you in the next video